Indie Girl tells the story of 15 year old Indie Konkipuddi, who aspires to be a fashion editor, like her idol Aaralyn Taylor, the founder and editor oIndie Girl tells the story of 15 year old Indie Konkipuddi, who aspires to be a fashion editor, like her idol Aaralyn Taylor, the founder and editor of the glamerous Celebrity Style magazine.
Indie is ambitious, driven, and somewhat desperate, as she enters the world of fashion by babysitting Aaralyn's 2 year old son!!
Indie remains grounded to her Indian upbringing throughout the book, although she has some serious questions of faith, she finds the answers she seeks in the end.
Better suited for the younger middle school crowd. ...more
Soul of a Butterfly is the debut novel of Safaa Baig, she completed it at the young age of 17.I encourage young Muslim authors the get their words outSoul of a Butterfly is the debut novel of Safaa Baig, she completed it at the young age of 17.I encourage young Muslim authors the get their words out there, I like to read what they have to say regardless of the topic.
The story is about Katie Anderson, a young 16-year-old British girl. She has a seemingly perfect teenage life, until her father returns from an extended job trip a Muslim. She feels that her social status at school will be jeopardized, her friends will abandon her, basically she feels as if her entire life will crumble. Then slowly she starts reading about and embracing Islam.
The writing was beautiful, the chemistry between the characters was good. The explanations of Islam were simple and easy to understand.
Katie's "perfect" life was too perfect for my taste, her father is a top architect at a top firm, her mother is a top hair stylist at one of the top salons in London. Her high-school serves lobster for lunch!!!They even have a top chef of their own!The fact that her parents are divorced and have a friendly demeanor towards each other does not help things. She needed some vulnerability to make her believable, and more appealing to the reader.
I did not sympathize with Katie, when she cried, I honestly had no idea why, no explanation was given. Her character lacked the depth that is required for the topic. When she started reading about Islam, I did not get her reasons, was it that Islam answered her questions about god? was it because she found the Quran answered the questions she didn't even know she had? (view spoiler)[ when she finally became Muslim, I honestly wanted to shake her and ask if she was sure, or is she is just bored and wanted to shake things up. (hide spoiler)]
The book was good in general, It should be marketed as YA Islamic novel, young muslims would enjoy Katie's story. The simplicity and innocence of the writing would appeal to them. Safaa Baig had a good debut with Soul of a butterfly, I would definitely read more books by her. I just wish that her characters become more relatable.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I got this book from the 2012 World Book Day Reading Club Book Swap Party.
I started reading it April 2012,but dropped it before completing the first cI got this book from the 2012 World Book Day Reading Club Book Swap Party.
I started reading it April 2012,but dropped it before completing the first chapter,the chapters were so long and I struggled to finish paragraphs. Fast forward July 2013,I picked up the book again,and promised myself that either I will read it,or return it to the Reading Club Library.
I am so glad I finished it!I would have missed on a great novel,In my mind as I was reading it one thought kept crossing my mind:I am pleased,I am pleased,I AM SO PLEASED!
The story begins in 1945 Barcelona when Father takes his son Daniel to The Cemetery of Forgotten books,where the young 10-year-old find a book by an unknown author Julián Carax,which will lead him to discover that some books are ought to be forgotten.
The book has many many passages worth highlighting and quoting.The writing was so beutiful,you couldn't tell it was translated.The story has everything a story should have,a character with ambition and a goal,a witty sidekick who's appearance brought joy and smiles,a well constructed plot,a bit of melodrama and mystery to engulf the reader and a lot of other things.I however did not fall for the love stories in the book,(view spoiler)[Neither Julián and Penelope nor Daniel and Beatriz.At the end when Daniel was rushing to find Beatriz,I was thinking:"Aren't we over her yet?(hide spoiler)]
Warning:The book contains mentions of rape, child abuse, sexual torture, accidental incest, and multiple gruesome murderer scenes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I kept putting it off on the hopes I would find the perfect time to read it.The time is now.
I likedI have been wanting to read this book for so long, I kept putting it off on the hopes I would find the perfect time to read it.The time is now.
I liked the idea,I read the foreword massage by Carol Gilligan many times over the last six months, I think I got an imaginary image in my head about what kind of book I was about to read while not bothering to read the book itself.
After I finished the last monologue I felt so disappointed, I wanted MORE!Little did I realize that MORE was n the form of discussion questions concerning each monologue at the end of the book. If have known about these sooner I would have read the questions after their monologue!The questions themselves were far more important than the monologue if you ask me.
The monologues ranged in topic,quality of writing,and resolution. Some were life-altering, others were daily concerns, but all were universally real.
The Epilogue is simple, heartfelt and beautifully written. It was my favorite part of book.
If you had the choice,would you choose to live forever?? Immortality...is it a curse or a blessing?? I honestly don't know the answer to either one of tIf you had the choice,would you choose to live forever?? Immortality...is it a curse or a blessing?? I honestly don't know the answer to either one of these questions,and I always enjoy reading books that tackle the subject.
كتاب جميل جداً،أسلوب الكاتبة يخلي الواحد غصباً عنه يضحك،من ميزاته انه كتب بالعامية -طز في كل اللي قالوا "تعيبه اللغة العامية" الهي تتفركشوا وانتوا نازلكتاب جميل جداً،أسلوب الكاتبة يخلي الواحد غصباً عنه يضحك،من ميزاته انه كتب بالعامية -طز في كل اللي قالوا "تعيبه اللغة العامية" الهي تتفركشوا وانتوا نازلين من الدرج-مش مهم،الكتاب لا يحكي قصة واقعية شخصية،إلا واقع شريحة كبيرة من البنات المتعلمات المثقفات،اللاتي قرر المجتمع أنهن حكمن على انفسهن بالعنوسة في سبيل العلم-دول الهي يطيحوا في بيارة-وان طلباتهم كثيرة ومهرهم غالي،وماتطبخ كل يوم ولا تنظف وترد على زوجها-والعياذ بالله!!!-وهم في الحقيقة فتيات واعيات،يدركن ان الزواج ليس الحفلة ولا الطرحة ولا الفستان،ولا شغل الجواري بتاع الأفلام والحموات. الكاتبة تذكر بعض قصص "العاهات"الذين تقدموا لها،لو كل بنت بس كتبت عن دول،الشباب حتستحي!الشكل مش مهم،بس لما يكون وجهك ركبة سودة وعايز واحدة شبه نانسي عجرم ولا نيلي كريم عيب!!وعندها كمان فلوس آل-البترول،وبتحب تنظف بالكلوركس،وتطبخ زي الشيف الفرنسي،وبتلبس زي اللبنانيات كمان؟؟ولازم تجيب ولاد كتيير،وبنت واحدة عشان تتسلا فيها حرام!!صحيح عاهات!! الكتاب مليان برفرنسز مش حيفهمها حد ملوش خلفية مصرية،من الأفلام الابيض واسود ونجلاء فتحي،الى نبيل فاروق وسلسة رجل المستحيل-نعم انا بحب ادهم صبري-.كل مرة اقرأ كلمة"زواج الصالونات"افطس ضحك!!نبيض الصالون "المتواضع" ونمسح الارض،ونغسل الحيطة ونجيب الجاتوه وكمان نلحق نتروش قبل ما يجي العريس!!وهو يجي وامه كاوياله لبسه وكمان جاي ايد ورا وايد قدام!! اكتب إيه وأسيب إيه،لو في ايدي هايلايتر كان كل السطور صفرة وبتبرق،حتى كلمة"عااااااااااااااااااااااا" بعدين الكتاب مش للناس اللي عايزة تتجوز،هو للناس اللي رافضة الزواج قبل المتشحططين عليه،لأن الكاتبة طوال الكتاب ما كانت تبحث عن مال ولا منصب ولا عيال،كانت تبحث عن شخصية،شريك لحياتها بحيث تتعدى حواراتهم "جيبي الغدااااا،أكوي القميص"،ووضحت هي ذلك في خاتمة الكتاب. المهم كتاب حلو كتيييييييير وخلاص!...more
I have had this book for years,and my attempts to read it previously never went further than chapter 1.The Acknowledgement at the beginning threw me oI have had this book for years,and my attempts to read it previously never went further than chapter 1.The Acknowledgement at the beginning threw me off,who needs to say "Thank you" in 17 languages?? Irreverent?I know... The story as I perceived it the first couple of trials seemed to be about a bad cop,and in my head I saw him as the main lead,and I wasn't interested in following THAT character! So here I am three years after I bought the book,and forgot all about it,watching for the US weekly box office,and it says that there is a movie called "The Lucky One" based on the novel,It has Zac Efrron as the main lead.So I decided to dig up the old book and start reading.
The book was by all means average,the characters were all shallow and pretty much predictable The book is in the donation pile now...more